Learning Technologies

Major: Learning Technologies
Degree Awarded: Master of Science (MS)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Total Credit Hours: 45.0-48.0
Co-op Option: None
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 13.0501
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code: 25-9031

About the Program

Master of Science Options

  • MS degree with Instructional Technology Specialist, Game based Learning, Instructional Design, or E-Learning Leadership concentration: 45.0 quarter credits
  • MS degree with Instructional Technology Specialist PA Certification (with previous teacher certification): 45.0 quarter credits
  • MS degree with Instructional Technology Specialist PA Certification (without previous teaching certification): 48.0 quarter credits

Scope of the Program

The School of Education offers an MS in Learning Technologies program to prepare graduate students to meet the challenges schools, educational and corporate organizations face related to technology learning needs.

Students can select an instructional technologies specialist concentration, a certificate concentration that prepares for the PA Certification in Instructional Technologies Specialist, or one of  the following concentrations:

The MS in Science and Learning Technologies program is nationally recognized for its strength in technology and the sciences . Each student will develop a unique plan of study in cooperation with a School of Education academic advisor. Students are expected to maintain a continuous registration and will be encouraged to take one to two courses per term until completion of their program of study.

Courses are offered in an online format. The program also features occasional on-campus events and an annual conference for presentation of program participant research papers and projects, as well as invited keynote speakers, workshops and poster sessions.

Additional Information

For additional information about this program, contact the Program Manager:

Arielle Norment
Program Manager
School of Education

Admission Requirements

Each candidate to the MS in Learning Technologies will submit the following application materials:

  • Completed application form
  • Transcripts (must be provided for every institution attended)
  • Personal essay, providing commitment to program’s unique features
  • Professional resume

Admission to the MS in Learning Technologies program will follow the University standards for admission to graduate study including the receipt of a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with an earned GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

Undergraduates who meet the rigorous requirements for participation in an MS program also may be considered. Ideally, a successful candidate seeking Instructional Technology Specialist Certification will possess a public school teaching certificate or, in the case of an undergraduate pursuing the BS /MS track, complete teacher certification requirement in conjunction with the MS degree. However, applicants who do not currently possess a public school teaching certificate are still encouraged to apply. For additional information, contact the School of Education.

Information about how to apply is available on the Graduate Admissions at Drexel University website.

Degree Requirements

Depending on their goals and interests, students completing the MS in Learning Technologies choose either the Instructional Design concentration, Instructional Technology Specialist concentration, the Instructional Technology Specialist PA Certification option, or the Learning in Game-Based Environments concentration.

Core Courses
EDLT 536Learning Sciences and Instructional Design3.0
EDLT 537Technologies for Performance Support3.0
EDLT 538New Media Literacies3.0
Capstone Courses
EDU 780Capstone Research3.0
Students have the option to select from the Practitioner, Thesis or Lesson Study Capstone tracks:
EDUP 780Practitioner Capstone Course I3.0
or EDUT 780 Thesis Capstone Course I
or EDUL 780 Lesson Study Capstone Course I
EDUP 781Practitioner Capstone Course II3.0-4.5
or EDUT 781 Thesis Capstone Course II
or EDUL 781 Lesson Study Capstone Course II
Concentration Courses *18.0
Candidate enrolls in 18-33 credits dependent on concentration seleted
Professional Electives **9.0
Varies depending on selected Concentration
Total Credits45.0-46.5

Concentration Options:

Instructional Technology Concentration   18.0 Credits

The Instructional Technology Concentration is designed for students interested in specializing in the area of instructional technology while not choosing to pursue the Instructional Technology Specialist Certificate.

Concentration Courses
EDLT 511Computer Skills for Teachers3.0
EDLT 532Designing Virtual Communities for Staff Development - Non-Field Experience3.0
EDLT 534Developing Educational Leaders Using Technology3.0
EDLT 535Researching & Evaluating Instructional Technology3.0
EDLT 544Integrating Games & Pedagogical Content Knowledge3.0
ELL 504Learning Technologies & Disabilities3.0
Total Credits18.0

Instructional Technology Specialist Certificate Concentration -  27.0 credits (with prior state-issued teaching certificate) - 33.0 credits (without prior state-issued teaching certificate)

The Instructional Technology Specialist (ITS) Certificate Concentration was designed to address the dramatically increasing need within public education for certified Instructional Technology Specialists at every level of K-12 schooling.

Candidates pursuing the ITS Certificate Concentration are required to achieve the grade of "B" or better in all certificate coursework to be considered a program completer and be recommended for the PA State-issued ITS Certification. Applicants seeking PA ITS Certification do not need Pennsylvania Instructional I or II Teaching Certification although it is recommended. (Visit the School of Education for additional information.) Candidates pursuing the ITS Certificate Concentration who do not hold a state-issued teaching certificate are required to complete EDUC 522 and EDLT 525 as a component of their concentration. These courses are waived for candidates who hold a state-issued teaching certificate.

Concentration Courses
EDEX 542Fundamentals of Special Education3.0
EDEX 544The Inclusive Classroom (20 Hour Field Experience)3.0
EDEX 552Integrating Technology for Learning & Achievement (20 Hour Field Experience)3.0
EDLT 533Designing Virtual Communities (20 Hour Internship)3.0
EDLT 534Developing Educational Leaders Using Technology3.0
EDLT 535Researching & Evaluating Instructional Technology3.0
EDUC 565Foundations in Instructing English Language Learners (10 Hour Field Experience)3.0
EDLT 544Integrating Games & Pedagogical Content Knowledge3.0
ELL 504Learning Technologies & Disabilities3.0
Total Credits27.0

Candidates without prior state-issued teaching certificate will need an additional two courses to complete PA Instructional Technology Specialist Certification requirements:EDUC 522 and EDLT 525.

E-Learning Leadership Concentration    18.0 Credits

The E-Learning Leadership Concentration provides an in-depth understanding of online and distance learning theories.

ELL 501The Purpose and Business of E-Learning3.0
ELL 502E-Learning Technologies3.0
ELL 503Teaching and Learning Issues in E-Learning3.0
ELL 504Learning Technologies & Disabilities3.0
ELL 604Design & Delivery of E-Learning I3.0
ELL 605Design & Delivery of E-Learning II3.0
Total Credits18.0

Learning in Game-Based Environments Concentration    18.0 Credits

The Learning in Game-based Environments Concentration prepares graduates to effectively use educational games in and out of the classroom and training center, provides an overview of game development processes, enables participants to build basic games, and most importantly, examines how to assess and evaluate the learning experience as it relates to educational games.

EDLT 535Researching & Evaluating Instructional Technology3.0
EDLT 541Foundations of Game-Based Learning3.0
EDLT 542Research in Motivation & Game-based Learning3.0
EDLT 543Play & Learning in a Participatory Culture3.0
EDLT 544Integrating Games & Pedagogical Content Knowledge3.0
EDLT 545Design & Development of Learning Games I3.0
Total Credits18.0

 Instructional Design Concentration     18.0 Credits

The Instructional Design Concentration is designed to prepare teachers, instructors, practitioners and others to use instructional design for K-20 education, adult education, and workplace training that addresses the needs of the millennial learner and collaborative networked communities.

Required Courses
EDLT 550Introduction to Instructional Design3.0
EDLT 554Learning with Social Media and Mobiles3.0
EDLT 811Designing and Developing Multimedia Applications For Learning3.0
ELL 502E-Learning Technologies3.0
Select two electives from the following:6.0
Design for Learning with Digital Media
Designing Virtual Communities
Designing Virtual Communities for Staff Development - Non-Field Experience
Foundations of Game-Based Learning
Play & Learning in a Participatory Culture
Total Credits18.0

Sample Plan of Study

Sample Plan of Study

Term 1Credits
EDLT 538New Media Literacies3.0
Concentration Course **3.0
 Term Credits6.0
Term 2
EDLT 537Technologies for Performance Support3.0
Concentration Course **3.0
 Term Credits6.0
Term 3
EDLT 536Learning Sciences and Instructional Design3.0
Concentration Course **3.0
 Term Credits6.0
Term 4
Concentration Course **3.0
Concentration Course **3.0
 Term Credits6.0
Term 5
Concentration Course **3.0
Professional Elective 3.0
 Term Credits6.0
Term 6
EDU 780Capstone Research3.0
Professional Elective 3.0
 Term Credits6.0
Term 7
EDUP 780, EDUT 780,
or EDUL 780
Practitioner Capstone Course I
Thesis Capstone Course I
Lesson Study Capstone Course I
Professional Elective 3.0
 Term Credits6.0
Term 8
EDUP 781, EDUT 781,
or EDUT 781
Practitioner Capstone Course II
Thesis Capstone Course II
Thesis Capstone Course II
 Term Credits3.0-4.5
Total Credit: 45.0-46.5

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